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Cadbury bursts into UK popcorn segment

Kraft-owned Cadbury has expanded its sharing bag portfolio with a chocolate-coated toffee popcorn product, in a bid to burst into the UK’s rattling £42m (€52.46m) popcorn market.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2012

Sports and energy categories blur

Sports and energy food and drink categories are blurring, according to Roberta Re, nutrition research manager at Leatherhead Food Research in this exclusive video from the Vitafoods 2012 trade show...

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'Obesity genes' may influence food choices

Variations in certain ‘obesity genes’ could mean certain people tend to eat more meals, consume more calories per day, and often choose the same types of high fat, sugary foods,...

Tate & Lyle plans more innovation as sales soar

Tate & Lyle revealed big plans for innovation as it reported soaring sales and profits driven by market forces that benefited its development of sweeteners and speciality ingredients.

Vitiva unveil new natural rosemary extract as alternative to tocopherols

Slovenian ingredient firm Vitiva has launched a new rosemary based preservative solution that aims to provide a natural alternative to high priced tocopherols, says the company.

Fonterra enter agreement to build Netherlands dairy ingredients plant

Dairy giant Fonterra has entered into a “mutually beneficial” agreement that will see it process dairy ingredients in the Netherlands for the first time.

Revolutionary instant fruit coffee has 'global potential' – UK startup INO

UK firm INO claims to have created a coffee sub-category with ‘global potential’ by creating the first instant coffee fusing organic fruit with coffee beans using a trademarked method.

Valio re-enters the baby food market with local milk products

Finnish ingredients and diary giant Valio will re-enter the baby food market with a new range of ready-to-serve baby food.

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DuPont Nutrition & Health launches salami meat cultures

DuPont Nutrition & Health has launched Texel Prism, a meat culture series enabling faster salami production, while maintaining quality according to the company.

UK own label influence to rise in 2012-2013

Cash strapped UK consumers will focus on retailers’ own label food and drink rather than branded sales as the recession continues to bite, according to market analyst Mintel.

Premier Foods IT project delivers massive savings

UK grocery giant Premier Foods has halved IT operational costs in a project launched in conjunction with Google Enterprise that will enable it to coordinate cross-functional business projects more efficiently.

Europe debates stevia’s ‘natural’ claims

Discussion continues over whether stevia compounds in food and drink products can be labelled as ‘natural’, with the weight of opinion favouring ‘from a natural source’ as a descriptor.

Russia pumps up fats and oils production

Russian manufacturer EFKO has pumped cash into fats and oils processing in the first quarter of 2012 as part of an ongoing investment plan, boosting capacity.

Scientists take first step to ‘fix’ tomato flavour

Researchers may have taken the first step in ‘fixing’ the flavour of commercially grown tomatoes after they uncovered how variability in chemical make-up holds the secret to the ‘real’ flavour...

Low olive oil prices won’t last, warns Mintec

Olive oil prices are at rock bottom, so food manufacturers would be advised to secure supplies now to fix prices, as the trend will not last, Mintec has warned.

Gluten free furore highlights inaccurate reporting

A recent expose of the cost of gluten free products on the National Health Service (NHS) drew on inaccurate reports, according to ‘free from foods’ authority Foods Matter.

Food industry struggles to hold on to overseas students

The UK food industry must do more to hold on to students of food technology and food science from overseas, according to the Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST).

Study justifies optimised spray drying for enzymes and probiotics

Research into the optimisation of single droplet spray drying could aid the production of powdered formulations containing heat-sensitive ingredients such as enzymes and probiotics, according to a new review.

UK food safety incidents on rise

The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) saw an increase in the number of food incidents it investigated last year, according to its Annual Report of Incidents 2011, which was issued...

UK consumers thirst for Mexican chillies

Mexican chilli sales have surged for UK ingredients business EHL, with demand for the fruit and its spice up 20% in the past year, according to the company.

Commission denies rising food price is competition issue

Rising food prices across Europe are not attributable to a failure of competition dynamics in the food industry, according to a report just issued by the European Competition Network (ECN).

No cuts to gluten free food prescriptions, say dieticians

The British Dietectic Association (BDA) has backed calls to provide free gluten free staples on prescription in the UK.

Premier Foods’ dilemma: Disposals needed but will bread go?

UK food group Premier Foods will need to rid businesses in order to stabilise following its ‘truly awful’ full year results, analysts say, but predictions of sell-offs remain mixed.

Animal welfare group slams EU organics verdict

Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) has criticised the decision to recognise US organic food standards as equivalent to those in the EU.

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